Transforming a Suburban Property: Removing a Driveway

By Jan Spencer This is the third blog describing the 15-year transformation of our quarter-acre suburban property. The previous blogs describe the site in more detail, along with reasons for making these changes, both practical and political. Another blog describes turning the garage into a living space, grass to garden and creating a food hedge … Continue reading Transforming a Suburban Property: Removing a Driveway

Campaigning For Urban Agriculture In The Farm to Fork Capital

 Amy Quinton Paul Trudeau with Southside Aquaponics inside his backyard greenhouse. Paul Trudeau unlocks a gate that leads to a small backyard greenhouse in the Southside neighborhood of Sacramento. It’s no ordinary greenhouse. Inside a tank holds several fish that he’s using to grow food. The process is called aquaponics. “The fish exhale ammonia through … Continue reading Campaigning For Urban Agriculture In The Farm to Fork Capital

Sustainable Ways to Feed the World are Subverted by Corporations

By Ruben Rosenberg Colorni NEWS JUNKIE POST Humans’ relationship to food is one of the most fundamentally shaping aspects of our societies. The sole fact that the majority of the world’s population now lives in urban centers is the direct result of a process that began approximately 10,000 years ago. This process was the switch … Continue reading Sustainable Ways to Feed the World are Subverted by Corporations

Aquaponics . . . A Work in Progress & A Great Hobby!

Nice system!

The Doc, The Horse & The Sword

“Aquaponics . . . what in the world is that?”

It is the question that I get all the time when people first see the raised garden grow-beds sitting above two 50 gallon water tanks powered by eight beautiful little Koi.  I’m about two and a half months into my aquaponics gardening experiment.  Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.

Koi in Aquaponics Tank

I installed my aquaponics system in late October and look at the results in just two months:

Adam's Aquaponics Garden

Three different kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, stevia, lemon grass, cilantro, cauliflower, and bell peppers . . . to name a few of the plants that are doing very well.  Here in Arizona, we just got our first below freezing temperatures (it was 30 degrees the last few nights) so I’ve had…

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Aquaponics . . . Just BIGGER!

Thinking BIG!

The Doc, The Horse & The Sword

I’ve always wanted a Koi Pond, so after experimenting with my small aquaponics system, I’ve decided to go big.  I’m going to try to keep a pictoral record of the construction progress of my full sized aquaponics koi pond.  I’ve been researching this for the last two years and started digging last month . . . little on the digging each week when I have a chance.

Here are the first few pictures of the progress on the Koi Pond:

Koi Pond

The pond is about 10 feet wide and 28 feet long with a maximal dept of about 3 1/2 feet.

Koi Pond & Dogs

My dogs have been helping . . .

Koi Pond East View

The digging is now done.  Next stage is to place the skimmer, waterfall and filtration systems.  I will build some lifted grow beds that will sit along side of the pond to help with filtration . . .

It has been…

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Becoming a Backyard Chicken Keeper

Chickens are the gateway animal to larger stock!

Looking Out the Window

Today my thoughts turn to ordering baby chicks for March or April this year.    It makes me think of all the first timers who are thinking about starting their own backyard flock.   I have had a backyard flock of chickens for eight years now, I’ve become an experienced backyard chicken wrangler if you will.   It has been full of fun and challenges.   Backyard chickens have become a national phenomenon and when I think it may be waning I see a new book come out for the backyard flock, and realize at least to some degree small flocks are here to stay. If you are thinking about a backyard flock here are some things you may want to consider.

1.  You will need a coop.  Nonnegotiable. Like all animals chickens  need shelter.  What that shelter looks like depends on where you live and what other things they may have…

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The Chickens are in Full Production Mode!

There is something wonderful about a newly laid egg!

Mind Your Dirt

It looks like Red has joined the ranks of an egg producing member of the flock! Now I’m just waiting on Piper and Tesla to follow suit. Very soon I’ll have more eggs then I can eat so it will be time to share with my neighbors and friends. Neighbors first because they are the ones that put up with the noise these girls make in the morning. They basically holler at the world until I come out in the morning and say hello. Once they see me and get a little handfed breakfast treat, they stay pretty quiet.

Mia has been making a habit of flying over the fence to do some landscaping of her own. She lacks the skills and has no sense of feng shui! I may have to trim her flight feathers to preserve my oasis. I’ve never done that before and while I know it doesn’t…

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